Armenia: Wiwi Jury reviews Hayk Kasparov and Asmik Shiroyan

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The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has already unearthed plenty of talent in Armenia. After travelling to the Khor Virap Monastery and touring the historic dungeon in which Saint Gregory the Illuminator was held prisoner, we were ready to unearth more talent from the depths of Armenia. Today’s hopefuls included a Spanish number and a Depi Evratesil returnee. Did we find the Depi Evratesil 2018 winner among them?

Hayk Kasparov – “Enamorame”

“Enamorame” reviews

Antranig: This is a lot of fun. It may be sung entirely in Spanish but there are Armenian and Western flourishes amidst the Latin inspiration. It is by far the weaker of the two Spanish entries in the Armenian national selection but on its own merit is a very good effort. I don’t expect it to do very well at Depi Evratesil 2018 but this adds great variety to the competition and will — at the very least — be a great dance break in between some ballads.

Score: 7/10

Jonathan: Hayk may be singing in Spanish, but this is weirdly giving me Armenia meets Bollywood – and I am loving every moment of it. The mix of traditional instruments and modern production culminates in a rather catchy and danceable beat. Admittedly, the song’s structure gets a bit weird towards the end, with what feels like three bridges, one after another. Nevertheless, I’ll be dancing along contently when this comes on at the national selection.

Score: 8/10

Luis: This song is a filler for any “Latin” music compilation sold in gas stations around Spain ten years ago. It’s cheap, cheesy and predictable, yet weirdly enjoyable. Would you dance to this drunk in an open-air party in Summer? Absolutely. Does it deserve to go to Eurovision? Not in a thousand years. But props for Hayk, his diction is quite good.

Score: 5/10

Bernardo: Everyone is presenting Latin-inspired tracks except for the ones that could actually do it with quality, meaning Spain. “Enamorame” is just another failed attempt to capitalise the style that made “Despacito” as is, even though it’s remotely different. Hayk’s voice doesn’t work here and his Spanish accent is cringe.

Score: 3.5/10

Robyn: It seems this year that almost every national final is having an obligatory excursion into Latino grooves. But it’s not such a good look that Hayk’s attempt is outshone by the much more fun entry by Kamil. “Enamorame” is a pleasant but forgettable beach jam.

Score: 6/10

Deban: Hayk’s feeble voice is drowned in the heavy instrumentation here. Despite the pandemonium of the production, it still sounds like every other Latin-inspired turbo-folk number. It’s derivative at best and seems to go on for much longer than three minutes.

Score: 4/10

In our Depi Evratesil Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Barnabas: 3/10

Bogdan: 3/10

Chris: 6.5/10

Cinan: 5.5/10

Edd: 7/10

Erdi: 5/10

Lukas: 8/10

Natalie: 7.5/10

Rezo: 4/10

Sebastian: 5/10

 

 

 

 

 

Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 8.

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 5.5/10

Asmik Shiroyan — “You and I”

“You and I” reviews

Chris: There’s not a lot to say in favour of “You and I” in terms of originality… but when the song is this good, does it matter? It’s perhaps the only song of the NF season so far that sounds like it has true chart crossover potential. Yes, Asmik could be any guest performer — but she brings an amazing voice, first and foremost. If she nails the live performance and staging of this, Armenia is right back in the Eurovision hunt.

Score: 8.5/10

Robyn: This is one of the strongest songs in Depi Evratesil 2018, but it’s an odd choice for a diva like Asmik. “You and I” sounds like the sort of generic Europop track released by producers like Sigala and Galantis in 2016. Those artists typically use random session musicians to sing their songs and are not about giving the singer a starring role. The result is that Asmik sounds like an anonymous guest vocalist when she should be the star.

Score: 6.5/10

Bogdan: More at home on a Gay Pride ride than on the Eurovision stage (no shade), “You and I” is an engaging EDM number that would animate a crowd, but would fall on deaf jury ears. However, if Ms Shiroyan wins Depi Evtratesil, we might be onto an unforgettable Euroclub banger. But not a Eurovision winner, I’m afraid.

Score: 6/10

Cinan: YAAAS! This is definitely ready for Eurovision! I love the melody and the way she sings like I’m in a disco and dancing all night by myself. It sounds really familiar by the way (which is good, that means that the song is going to be remembered). I think this one and “Poison” will bring Armenia to the top ten or even top five.

Score: 9/10

Natalie: Bringing the bouncy happiness to Armenia! I love the soul and passion in Asmik’s voice. It suits a great powerful song like this really well. The bouncy beats are so incredibly infectious and blend really well with the joyful theme. I’m well aware that this doesn’t have much going for it aside from playfulness and jumping, but honestly – I’d love to see a song like this at Lisbon. Hope the Eurofans are ready to dance.

Score: 8/10

Edd: WOW. After seeing Asmik’s performance of “Sweet Lovin'” at last year’s Depi Evratesil I dreamed of how incredible it would be to see a classy tropical house song at Eurovision — but never did I believe it could come true! The uplifting banger is production perfection and Asmik’s powerhouse, unique vocals, stunning looks and captivating stage presence will take this to another level. With the right promotion, this could be heard in nightclubs from London to Thailand and launch Asmik into international pop stardom.

 Score: 10/10

In our Depi Evratesil Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Antranig: 4.5/10

Barnabas: 6/10

Bernardo: 7/10

Deban: 6/10

Erdi: 6.5/10

Jonathan: 8/10

Luis: 6/10

Lukas: 9/10

Rezo: 10/10

Sebastian: 10/10

 

 

 

 

 

Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4.5 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 7.61/10

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